This is a history of Australia, measured by the gun. From bushrangers and soldiers to the many farmers and recreational shooters shooting animals and each other, the firearm is an inescapable part of Australia’s story and its characters.
But just as guns have been a part of Australia’s modern identity, so too has gun control. After the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, Australia became a world-leader in firearms regulation. Yet even before this tragedy, questions had long been brewing: questions over who could shoot what, where, and when. This is the story of the answers we negotiated.
In Under Fire, acclaimed popular historian Nick Brodie takes a closer look at the role of guns in Australia and how we removed ourselves from the firing line.
About the Author
Nick Brodie is a professional history nerd and acclaimed popular author. Appearing regularly on ABC television, Nick is among the most recognisable of Australia's historians. He is known for bringing fresh insights to old tales and new light to forgotten stories. Following his broad sweep of Australian history in 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia's Beginnings and Kin: A Real People's History of Our Nation, charting bloody war in The Vandemonian War, and revisiting iconic wilderness in Kosciuszko, Nick now delves into one of Australia's longest battles in Under Fire.
Published May 2020
234mm x 153mm 23.4 x 15.3